The 69-year-old has spent the past three years sifting through his enormous stereoscopic photograph collection to compile his new book, Queen In 3-D.
“I got pretty emotional. Especially when I found pictures of Freddie that I didn’t know I had,” he says of the singer – who died aged 45 in 1991 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
“I feel, looking at them, that he’s there. He’s alive. It looks like you could touch him.”
Brian May has released a collection of photographs of Queen in 3-D
Brian May has spent the past three years compiling his new book
Brian – who has a PhD in Astrophysics as well as being in one of the most successful rock bands of all time – is a passionate stereoscopic photographer and took the snaps over a 46-year period with a multi-lens camera.
I feel, looking at them, that he’s there. He’s alive. It looks like you could touch him
The photos have a 3-D effect when seen through a special viewer which makes the images of the flamboyant legendary frontman seem all the more compelling.
“Every time I look at one of these in the viewer it stirs up so many memories. It’s so evocative. It’s like you’re there.”
The hardback book, released this week with 3-D glasses included, features photographs of the band never seen before.
“It is very special to me. I suppose it’s closure for me as well, because retracing all those steps through the years – I feel like I’ve looked at them from a distance and re-evaluated them.”
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Keeley Hawes reckons there aren’t enough family-friendly programmes these days
Keeley Hawes reckons there aren’t enough family-friendly programmes these days.
And the 41-year-old believes this is the reason The Durrells, in which she stars as a widowed mother of four, has been such a hit.
“It’s one of those feel-good nostalgia shows people want to watch on a Sunday night before getting ready for the week ahead,” she says of the ITV1 drama – based on the animal-mad real-life family of naturalist Gerald Durrell and set in 1930s Corfu.
The second series ended last night. “It’s something the whole family can watch together – rare these days as it’s diffi cult to make it work.”
Keeley – who has a son with first husband, cartoonist Spencer McCallum and a son and a daughter with second husband, actor Matthew MacFayden – adds: “From nine to 94, all these generations sit together to watch this show. I can’t think of anything else that does that.”
Fans with withdrawal symptoms can catch the series’ video, out today.
Kylie and Dannii Minogue
In a sweet display of sisterly love Dannii Minogue shared a picture of her and Kylie yesterday to celebrate her big sis turning 49.
“It is magic having a loving sister,” the 45-year-old former X Factor judge wrote on Instagram alongside a snap of Kylie planting a big kiss on her nose.
“I have a sister who spreads smiles wherever she goes. That tangible magic is her super power – it is so special to see. Happy Birthday Kylie.”
It seems the siblings are as close as ever – just as well for the pop superstar, who has had a testing year.
In February she broke off her engagement to British actor Joshua Sasse, 29, after a two-year romance.
Kylie previously said of the split: “I wish I had trusted my instincts on some occasions.”
At least she can trust her sister will always be there for her.
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With a revamped Great British Bake Off due this autumn in its new home of Channel 4 it seems we might be getting a new-look Paul Hollywood too.
Paul, 51, has revealed he’s been picking up fashion tips from new host and self-styled psychedelic goth Noel Fielding.
“His clothes, I love them, I love them,” he says of the 44-year-old Mighty Boosh comedian’s eccentric wardrobe.
“I’ve stolen a couple of his jackets because I think they are that good.”
Slightly alarming, as Paul is not usually one to stray far from his classic shirt and jeans combo.
He adds that the show – with fellow judge Prue Leith, 77, and Noel’s co-host Sandi Toksvig, 59, completing the line-up – will not disappoint fans, who may regret its move from the BBC.
“I’ve had such a giggle with Noel and Sandi. She’s so sharp and funny. It will be dynamic. I hope you enjoy it.”
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Bill Turnbull has been keeping bees for 16 years
Bill Tunrbull has a rather unusual and potentially painful hobby.
The Ex-BBC Breakfast presenter has been keeping bees for 16 years and while he certainly knows a thing or two – it was his specialist subject on 2008’s Celebrity Mastermind and in 2010 he published a book called The Bad Beekeepers Club – it seems the busy beasts can still surprise him.
“You should always check your clothes after visiting the hive to make sure you don’t have any unwanted company,” says Bill, 61, who hosted the morning show for 15 years before swapping TV for radio by signing up with Classic FM as a DJ.
“I’ve just discovered this applies especially to the loo.
A bee and I startled each other one day recently at what one might call ‘a delicate moment’.
Talk about being caught with your trousers down…” Let’s not, Bill!